Refrigerator for the tropics – Electrolux WR5106D

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We’re not “Consumer Reports” but we would like to share our very positive experiences with our Electrolux refrigerator as a way of giving the manufacturer a pat on the back for a good product and providing some guidance to other expats shopping for appliances.

A Sharp refrigerator came with our first apartment. While I have an inclination to think of Japanese products as good quality, the Sharp refrigerator was really lousy.  Its cooling power was low, so food was not kept cold except under the best conditions.  Plastic parts were flimsy and broke easily.

Once we bought property and knew we were going to build a house, we started paying more attention to kitchen appliances.  Despite our experiences with the Sharp, we still preferred Asian brands; Panasonic, LG, Samsung and so forth.  We saw Electrolux refrigerators in the showrooms, but really did not consider them.  Electrolux (other than my mom’s ancient vacuum cleaner) was not a major brand in the U.S.  Besides, Electrolux was expensive.  Then one day we were at a big Iloilo City appliance dealer and saw that they had a repossessed big, deluxe Electrolux refrigerator for sale for P15,500.  It had the remains of the former owners food inside, but I could see that the refrigerator was quite new and could be cleaned up.  I’m guessing the selling price was originally P40,000 or so.  I brought Carol to see it and she agreed that we should buy it.


We’ve been using this machine for two years now and we are so pleased with it.  It’s big and powerful so that it keeps our food cold even in our hot, un-air conditioned kitchen.  All of the plastic parts are excellent quality, considerably better than our expensive Kenmore side-by-side in the U.S.  Even if we had to pay full price for this refrigerator, we’d do it in an instant.  Electrolux has somewhat smaller units that look similar, but we have no experience with them.   Our unit is made in Thailand which seems to a major manufacturing center for Asian appliances.

ALERT:  I just saw this model on sale at Emcor, Iloilo, for P25,000 new.  That’s a great deal!  6-20-10

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  1. hi, my name is Larry and I’m from NJ, USA. I just wanted to let you know how thankful I am, that you take the time to provide so much valuable information to new expats.
    I have been more then anxious wondering what it would be like to live the rest of my life in the Philippines. My main concern is always safety. (lol, that coming from a guy that lived all his life in NJ) You have given me a good idea of what I will be facing and for me it sounds wonderful.
    My wife and I love the house you built and appreciate the details you provided. Because of that we have decided to rent initially, but keep our minds open to building. I’m certain your place will be fabulous once all your trees get some size.
    Thanks again for all your assistance. Larry and Judith


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  3. Continuation:
    Observing that your room is already quiet hermatical seal off from the outside hot air draft, you should have no problems in maintaining a comfortable temperature.
    Come guys we are in the tropics and it does not snow in the Phillipines!
    Remenber cold air will built humid areas, if in touch with hot air. One thing that I discover, it is to maintain a fan running at low speed circulating the whole room, it does help your air condition load, dont forget your monthly maintaenance of your units.’

    Back to subject:

    I end up purchasing one 2.0 HP and one 1.5 HP Panasonic Invertor split unitS. Don’t know the savings cost yet, since our new house still under developing stages. tHAT WILL BE ANOTHER SUBJECT later on.

    The Panasonic Factory is located at the Santa Rosa industrial complex near to my location.
    In reference to my Panasonic Invertor Fridge, remenber the inverter works only by demand and once it reaches the desire tempature it will shut down. But If you opening and closing the door you will always like any mechanical item to work over time.

    I hope my post will help you in anything. Im not an expert in that field, but rest asure I have learn a lot.

    Lets talk about LED LIGHTING SYSTEM!


  4. Conventional Split Units vs split inverter ac units

    Currently we are, in a evolution, a metamorphosis of decisons, when it comes to purchasing electrical appliances.

    Specially ,when we are building our own home from scratch under a tight budget. My phrase is quality first vs quantaties. No luxury but a real functional, logical home. Safety is predominant, structural soundness and space.

    First of all, you need to consider the type of budget you are willing to spend, know the SQM area that you are desiring to maitain cool. Then you decided the horse power that you think it will be required for that specific area.

    Second: Be very concious with the energy cunsumption of those units. Don’t drive your self to spend a ton of money, thinking that you are getting the best, even do, the best is always good but not so good.

    Third : Research and keep your self informed at all times, compare brand names, ask the public, specially those who work and know this kind of field.

    Example of that:
    One day, the installers of my AC split units came over my project site to do a survey.

    After they finish doing their survey and Turning over the quatation and paper work. I did ask them: Wish is the best spilt unit for its performance, endurance and quality? surprising enough they told me, PANASONIC!

    I did ask them Why? Their answer was ver ylogicall to me, they are the pioneers of split units, specially the new invertor split units.

    They did expalined what was an invertor split unit, from the mechanical to the performance, remenber this guys do not sell AC units, all they do is installation of many other brand names too.

    I went to the extreme to observe for my self, the insides of the motor housing and other moving mechanical parts at the panasonic factory I was convince it was the way.

    Off the topic: A standard split unit , all it does continuesly pump out cold air by extracting hot air for the room it stands. Cold air is just another form of humidity but cooler and dryer. O


  5. Me and my wife just received our first Income tax check return recently, we did finally replaced our 4 year old LG refrigerator( Loaner from our Mother-in-law).

    We bought a brand new Panasonic Invertor refrigerator. To tell you the truth, we were sceptical about the 11.0 energy savings rating and the 66% savings sticker.

    Finally, after a tough research of differnt brands, we bougt one for a total 33 thousand pesos, that it is already including the 3 year extended warrant in top of standard 1 year warranty and 5 year warranty for the compressor and parts already included in the package.

    The next month our Electric bill drop from 5000 pesos to 3500 pesos, Honestly I had to said this, We did change all our light bulbs from 40 watts to 5 watts daylights. That is including some running LED lights for night time.

    I live in a small apartment with my wife and we are serious about our electric bill. Meralco is getting very expensive fast and furiously with all those agregates of taxes added in the monthly bills.

    God speed and be bless


    • David,

      Thanks for your excellent post. Since we need to buy split aircon units for our house, I’ve been puzzling over conventional v. inverter units. There are conflicting opinions. A conventional unit, sized small and running more or less continuously, is actually more efficient than an inverter unit. In aircon you can install an oversize inverter unit, while you never should install an oversize conventional unit. An oversize conventional unit gives cooling without much dehumidification — so the room is cold and clammy. The oversize inverter units can have the power to cool quickly and then throttle-down once the space has been cooled, while continuing to dehumidify — or so I read. Of course a big inverter unit costs more than a small conventional unit.

      We’ve done everything we can to minimize the need for aircon in our house, so hopefully these aircon units won’t get much use except when we have visitors.

      An inverter refrigerator might make sense. It can have big capacity during the day when the door is always being opened, yet can cut back at night. Our non-inverter Electrolux seems to run almost all the time because it’s so hot in our non-aircon apartment, so I don’t know if an inverter unit would be better for our situation.

      Thanks again for your comments.

      Bob and Carol


  6. Hi BOB.

    Electrolux i Swedish origin.
    A high quality, well designed,
    mostly low energy consuming devices as well.
    Its produced on outsourced factories in thailand
    for ASIAN sale.


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